Supreme Court case looks at Andy Warhol series of Prince images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a clash over artwork by Andy Warhol that was based on a previous photograph of the musician Prince, a copyright case with potentially major implications for artists and creators. The justices asked probing questions over whether Warhol infringed on a photographer’s copyright when he used her Prince portrait as the basis for a silkscreened rendering that graced the pages of Vanity Fair — or if Warhol’s artistic work should be considered transformative, and thus legal. Justice Elena Kagan asked an attorney for the Andy Warhol Foundation if his late client’s status as an iconic figure in the pop art movement risked skewing the legal test for determining if a work of art is “transformative.”

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